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April 22, 2015

Gone is the unwritten rule that we can't play night games in November in the Big Ten.

Last year the Big Ten game of the year matching Ohio State and Michigan State in East Lansing was prime time, and GameDay even showed up with Alice Cooper.  It appears the trend will continue in 2015. Minnesota's athletic director said that the Golden Gophers and Buckeyes will play in prime time on November 7.   Normally I would not consider this a special game but it does feature Big Ten coach of the year facing the coach that should have won the award.  Ohio State officials are not ready to confirm the story but did say they will reveal more scheduled game times later this week.

The Minnesota game will be televised on ABC or ESPN.

Get a Game Worn Chrome OSU Helmet For Your Fan Cave
April 16, 2015

Come early for the best deals.  The University is doing some spring cleaning which gives the public a chance to purchase some game worn merchandise.

Prior to the annual Spring Football Game Saturday, the Ohio State University Department of Athletics will hold an equipment sale inside French Field House.  Fans will have the opportunity to purchase selected items from the football, basketball, hockey, tennis and spirit programs. The sale will go from 8:00 -11:00.  Items will be sold on a first-come-first-served. Cash and credit will be accepted. Prices may vary depending on the item (view price listing). Multiple purchases are permitted and all sales are final. Dependent on crowd size, access to the building may be restricted. Funds generated from the Spring Game Equipment Sale help support the mission of the Ohio State Department of Athletics and its more than 1,000 Student-Athletes competing each academic year.

Highlighted features of the sale will include a limited number (less than 150) of the 2014 special edition alternate uniform chrome football helmets, worn during Ohio State's successful chase for its eighth national championship. 

In addition, game-issued jerseys from the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Big Ten Championship teams as well as the 2012 undefeated season and the 2013 B1G Leaders Division title-winning squad also will be for sale. From the 2014 College Football Championship campaign, fans will have an opportunity to purchase both home and away alternate uniform tops. Not all jersey numbers will be available in the sale. 

Items for sale include:
Cheerleading Misc. $5
Band CD $5
Socks $5
Sweatpants $5
T-Shirts $5
Mesh Shorts $5
Hat $5
MBB Camp Jersey $5
Polo $10
Sweater $10
Jacket/Hoodie $10
Cleats $25
Hockey Helmet $25
FB Game Jersey (2007-2013) $50
FB Alternate Jersey (2014) $100
Hockey Game Jersey $150
Chrome Helmet $1,500
Stadium Turf - Acrylic Box $15
Stadium Turf - Door Mat $30
Stadium Turf - Bag $90 

The 2015 LiFE Sports Spring Game Saturday begins at 11:00 with the Buckeye men's lacrosse team taking on Maryland, the football spring game will follow shortly at approximately 1:30.  Spring Game Saturday tickets are on sale now for $5, to get yours click  here

Is The Next Step To Put The Playbook On-line?
April 7, 2015

Samson had great strength, but he also had a secret to his power.  As long as he kept his secret he could defeat an entire army with a jawbone.  Yet Samson was driven by passion and eventually told Delilah the source of his power and it lead to his defeat.

There has been a lot of talk the past two days about how Coach Ash labored to convince Coach Meyer and the rest of the staff to try a new method to enhance their established schemes as he came on board.  Now he says a new method of tackling made the difference in the run for the championship.  As Ash explains... 

It seems that "The No. 1 thing I'll tell you is we've become a rugby tackling team," Ash said, explaining he was inspired to learn more about such a method after seeing an instructional video from Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll last summer. The video has become very popular over the past couple of years within football circles.   

As with every Buckeye fan, I am glad they found their secret to success, but am I the only one worried they have revealed too much?  When the Buckeyes face their opponents in 2015, will the find themselves tied with their hair cut off?  Only time will tell, but for future reference, can we just keep the secret recipe's to ourselves?

Remember When Spring Meant You Were Talking About Baseball?
March 10, 2015

As Bobby Bowden once said, "Everyone is undefeated right now".  As great as the championship was for 2014, it is time to start all over again.

What are we hearing/reading from the first day of practice.  First, all the quarterbacks are in camp and in uniform.  Braxton Miller is not throwing much and JT Barrett is not running at all, but everyone else is doing just fine and ready to take the field.  Cardale Jones and Stephen Collier are getting most of the reps and you can probably expect them to be the starting signal callers for the spring game.  According to Coach Meyer, he doesn't anticipate Miller to throw without restrictions until May, but is presently on schedule. 

DEFENSE: As Doran Grant, Curtis Grant, Michael Bennett and Steve Miller continue their autograph tour, their back-ups are preparing to step up.  Fortunately for Ohio State, they get to rotate a lot of players in and out thanks to their depth and this year is no different.  Looking good and ready to play are Gareon Conley, Damon Webb, Raekwon McMillan, Jalyn Holmes, Tommy Schutt and Tyquan Lewis just to name a few.  From the doctor's table, Marshon Lattimore is still out due to his injury and championship game defensive MVP Tyvis Powell showed up with a cast on his right hand. 

OFFENSE: With Ezekiel Elliott sitting out the spring, Bri'onte Dunn and Curtis Samuel will get plenty of chances to show they deserve the opportunity to carry the ball.  Also on the sidelines for now may be Dontre Wilson who is sill recovering from his 2014 injury.   Michael Thomas appears to be the new Devin Smith and those will certainly be big shoes to fill.  But don't be surprised if Corey Smith sees a lot of action as well as we lost Evan Spencer too.  Rounding out the receivers will be Jeff Greene, Jalin Marshall and Johnnie Dixon.

Buckeye Fans Expecting OSU To Repeat
March 4, 2015

In 2002, Buckeye nation was so thrilled with the upset victory over Miami, everyone was certain 2003 would bring another championship.  Apparently things have not changed in 2014.

In our Buckeye50 fan poll for February we asked you "How many losses would OSU have in 2015?"  An amazing 69% of the response predicted the Scarlet and Gray to go 15-0 and repeat as national champions.  Everyone else but one vote believes they will match the 14-1 record in the upcoming campaign.  The main message, expectations will once again be high for Urban Meyer and squad, no matter who the starting quarterback ends up being.

There was one lone vote saying Ohio State would lose three games this year.  Is it possible that Mark May visited

OSU Announces Price Drop For 2015 Season Ticket
February 25, 2015

Imagine the Buckeyes win the National Championship and ticket prices drop the next season.  That is just what is happening.

Ohio State is lowering the football ticket price, but it is for two of the  nonconference games next season. The tickets for games against Hawaii and Western Michigan will drop from $79 to $65.

Ohio State began charging a premium for marque games in 2013, so tickets for the Penn State game will be $125 and the price for the Michigan State tickets will be $150.  Ohio State is 3-1 in 'premium' games.

In spite of the price points for tickets, Ohio State led the nation in attendance last year, averaging 106,000 fans.

Tickets Go On Sale For Spring Game
February 16, 2015

OSU Athletics certainly learned their lesson from last year.  AFTER winning the national championship, they have lowered the price of tickets for the Spring Game.  And if the weather is nice, expect a sellout.

Tickets for the 2015 LifeSports Spring Game, presented by Nationwide go on sale today.  The event is scheduled for April 18 at 1:30 pm. General admission prices are just $5. A limited number of reserved club seats are available for $15.  This is compared to the $20 price tag for the basic tickets last year.

Be sure to remember the ticket will also admit fans into the "Showdown at the Shoe," the Ohio State men's lacrosse match against the University of Maryland that will precede the spring game starting at 11:00 am.

You can purchase tickets by clicking here, at any Ticketmaster outlet and at the OSU Athletic Ticket Office, or by calling 1-800-GOBUCKS. Group tickets - $4 for groups of 50 or more - are available by calling the Group Sales Office at 1-800-GOBUCKS (select Option 2).  Children ages 6 and under are free in the general admission sections.  Current OSU students get in free with a valid OSU ID, and should enter the stadium through Gate 26.

Buckeyes Will Be Represented At 2015 NFL Combine
February 7, 2015

You can expect Ohio State will arrange to have their own Pro Day again this year but they will still be represented at this month's NFL combine.

Four players from the 2014 National Championship Ohio State Buckeyes team are invited to participate at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, February 17-23.  Receiver Devin Smith, tight end Jeff Heuerman, defensive tackle Michael Bennett and cornerback Doran Grant get the honor of joining about 300 players at this annual NFL tryout.  Events will include skills activities as well as individual interviews.  Best of luck to these former Buckeyes!

Drayton Gets Promotion To The NFL
February 6, 2015

This is supposed to be a great time in the life of Stan Drayton, yet Mike Weber feels betrayed and the media is  trying to make a big deal out it.

Every 18 year old kid that comes to Ohio State hopes to have success to the point they get a chance in the NFL.  That was Stan Drayton's dream too.  And yesterday that dream became a reality.

On Thursday, a day after the Detroit Cass Tech running back put his name on the dotted line with Ohio State, running backs coach Stan Drayton announced he was leaving the Buckeyes to take a job with the Chicago Bears. Drayton was key in recruiting Weber and persuading him to pick OSU instead of Michigan.

"I'm hurt as hell I ain't gone lie," Weber tweeted.

I have always been one that believes playing football for Ohio State should sell itself.  If the player is not committed to the university, to the program, to the tradition, we don't need him.  There are plenty of quality players that do.  If Weber wants to leave, I am sure Ohio State will allow him out of his commitment.  I hope he stays though, he will be a great additional to the stable of offensive weapons on the Buckeye squad.

Buckeye 50 Fans Prefer the 4-Team Playoff
February 1, 2015

Buckeye 50 staffer Josh Watson wanted to know what type of post season Buckeye fans preferred and you responded. In our latest poll, we asked after seeing this year's bowl games and the first round of playoff games, what format do you prefer?  54% of the votes favored the 4 team playoff we now enjoy.  Ironically, the number wasn't nearly that high before the Oregon game.  I wonder if anyone was influenced from the success Ohio State had in this year's playoffs, just a thought.  

38% of the responses favored adding 4 more teams to the mix.  I am sure that TCU and Baylor and even Michigan State would have enjoyed this option in 2014, but do we really want to see a 16th game for the two final teams?  3% felt the BCS was just fine and the final 5% of you thought you had a plan of your own that would better solve the national debate.

In the meantime, let's just enjoy OSU's victory in the first ever college football playoff.   

Buckeyes Celebrate Their Championships
January 23, 2015

After all the hard work over the past 11 months, now is the time to celebrate.

The Ohio State University and their athletic department invites all their fans to join the 2014 football team as they celebrate all their championships.  The fun begins at 11:00 am, Saturday at Ohio Stadium.  The gates open at 9:30 and will begin with the playing of the 2nd half of the national championship game on the scoreboard.  Admission is Free!

For those of you that missed your chance at the 1/13/2015 Columbus Dispatch, they will have those on hand for purchase.  Urban is scheduled to speak at 11:30 and they will be presenting all the trophy's at that time.  The event will include the team, the band, pyrotechnics, smoke, videos and more.  It will be capped off with a season recap and 12 minutes of post celebration.  Be sure to get your Homage rally towel and poster.

There is no truth to the rumor that a roof has been installed at the stadium so that confetti can be dropped at the conclusion of all activities.  Cardale will just have to learn to live with not everything ending with confetti.

Along Came Jones - And Then He Said "I am Staying Longer"
January 15, 2015

If someone told you at the beginning of the season that Cardale Jones would lose his spot on the depth chart in fall camp just days before Braxton Miller went down for the season, sit the bench for the majority of the 2014 Buckeye games, and would then be calling a press conference after the season to declare himself for the NFL, would you believe them?

That is where we found ourselves this afternoon, yet in his press conference he said he is staying at The Ohio State University.  Good for you, go get that degree! 

Coaching Staff Updates - Ed Warinner Promoted, Tim Beck Added
January 14, 2015

Win a national championship and you will be rewarded.

Coach Meyer announced Ed Warinner has been promoted to offensive coordinator.  In the same announcement Meyer reveled that Tim Beck, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Nebraska the past four years, has joined the staff as co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. 

Warinner, co-offensive coordinator the past three years in addition to his offensive line duties, has been key in OSU's record-setting offenses that have set dozens of school and Big Ten records. He is the sixth offensive coordinator to work under Meyer and the previous five have all become head coaches.  The most recent is Tom Herman, now the coach at Houston.

"Ed Warinner is certainly deserving, experienced and well-qualified for the offensive coordinator position," Meyer said. "I'm pleased to be able to promote from within our program and I believe he is going to be an excellent coordinator for us." 
Warinner's coaching career includes 12 years in a coordinator position, including head offensive coordinator positions for three record-setting Kansas Jayhawks teams, including the 2007 unit that averaged 479.8 yards and 42.8 points per game. He also has two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Army among his 32 seasons as a collegiate coach.

Tim Beck has a 26-year coaching resume that includes 16 seasons in the collegiate ranks and another 10 seasons in high school coaching, including nine years as a high school head coach. 

Beck's Nebraska offenses the past four years (2011-14) have ranked fifth, first, sixth and fourth in the Big Ten Conference, respectively, and his passing attack has amassed more than 10,000 yards during that time with 86 touchdowns. Beck directed Nebraska's passing to two of the Top 6 single season totals in school history and he has coached two of the four Nebraska quarterbacks who have topped 3,000 yards of total offense in a single season. 

"I have known Tim for several years and have also watched and competed against him," Meyer said. "I have always respected his knowledge of the game and he is respected in the profession. I always look for coordinators and co-coordinators who will mesh with our staff, our style and can make us better. I believe Tim will do just that." 

Beck and his wife, Tamara, have two children: a son, Jordan, and a daughter, Haylie Marie. Beck has family throughout Ohio: parents in Hudson; a sister in Macedonia; a brother in Youngstown; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews scattered around the state. 

Baver's Buckeye Bag - Bucks and Ducks For All the Marbles
January 12, 2015

It's 24/7 hype right now and every Buckeye fan knows what this game means, so....let's skip that talk and get right to the keys for a Bucks win and then talk about the matchup.  

First, some fears....  Probably shouldn't have them any more...I mean, with what this team has accomplished and overcome?  But, it's human nature for me, so here ''s basically one multi-faceted fear, I guess.  Was the Bama win the ultimate accomplishment for this Buckeye team?  And with that, did Ohio State get "THE" chip off their shoulder?  Do these kids now think the hard part is behind them and that Oregon simply isn't Alabama?  Those fears won't rest for me until I see Ohio State on top of Oregon on the final scoreboard Monday night.

The Keys for Ohio State: Key #1a - Keep the Duck offense on the sidelines; establishing the run and running clock are musts for Ohio State.  Key #1b - "Adequate" play from backups on defense; Fickell and Ash are going to have to rotate in fresh bodies often or the OSU D will run out of gas at some point in the second half.  Key #1c - Win turnover battle; while this always goes without saying, it's much more so against Oregon, as they are the best in the business of turning turnovers into points.

The Matchup:

Buck Offense vs. Duck Defense

Here is a comforting stat - the OSU offense played defenses that currently rank 2nd, 4th, 7th, 8th and 12th in total defense (nationally) and averaged 44.6 points per game against them.  As for the Duck defense, they are better than the #'s may suggest; their up-tempo offense skews their defensive stats.  

Ohio State will need to run the ball more often than they did against Bama to win the time of possession - a stat the Bucks really need to win by a wide margin.  And Ezekiel Elliott should again find daylight often behind an OSU line that has really come together.  But the Oregon is D-line is solid against the run and the Oregon defense doesn't give up yardage in big chunks.

When OSU throws the ball, they won't have to deal with Oregon All-American corner Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, who is out after tearing an ACL in Rose Bowl practice.  But Ekpre-Olomu's replacement, Chis Seisay, more than held his own against the Noles.  Safety Erick Dargan is a game changer on the Duck defense, and leads the team with 90 tackles and 7 interceptions.  The Bucks are undefeated when Devin Smith's scores TD's but Smith may need to find pay dirt more than once in this one.

Duck Offense vs. Buck Defense

Marcus Mariota: 4,121 yards passing, 68.6% completion rate, 40 passing TD's, 3 INT's.  Ridiculous numbers even before you add in Mariota's 731 yards on the ground and 15 rushing TDs.  The Oregon offense is a machine, and it is going to be very hard to hold them in check.  The OSU defense has to find some way to get Oregon out of rhythm and disrupt their timing; if they don't, the Ducks are taking home the National Championship trophy.

Mariota spread the wealth between his big four WR's this season: Marshall, Carrington, Allen, and Stanford, who combined for 183 catches, 2,803 yards and 22 TD's.  But the Ducks will be without Carrington (suspended) and will likely be without Allen (injury) as well.  Those are big losses for the Ducks.  Regardless, the Ducks will still do their damage through the air.  The Buckeye pass defenders, Doran Grant, Eli Apple, et al, better be ready.  And Joey BosaMichael Bennett & company on the OSU D-line will need to bring it.

Oregon should have success on the ground, with true frosh Royce Freeman (1,343 yards, 18 TD's) and Thomas Tyner, who is healthy for the first time since mid October.  Tyner had 124 yards and two TD's against the Noles in the semi-final.  Like Bama's tandem at tailback, Freeman and Tyner is a very nice one as well.

The Call:

I am done doubting Urban's making me look silly.  I don't know how you can go against Urban in a championship game.  Taking the 6 points is a given in my mind.  I think Meyer and his staff will figure out how to get the Duck offense in a funk, at least at times, and the OSU ball control offense will keep the Duck offense off the field "just enough".  The call: Ohio State 38 Oregon 35.  Urban wins his third National Championship and first as Ohio State head coach.

Game 14: Ohio State 42   Alabama 35
January 2, 2015

The SEC West was supposed to be the best division in college football.  For this bowl season they were 2-5, but none of the losses were bigger Alabama's lose to Ohio State in the 2015 Sugar Bowl 42-35. 

The loss is the second in as many years for the Crimson Tide in this bowl game and for Ohio State(13-1, 8-0) it represents a stepping stone to this season's national championship game. Ezekiel Elliott ran for a Sugar Bowl record 230 yards, and his 85 yard run was the most rushing yards given up on one play for Alabama(12-2, 7-1) since Saban has been there.  Cardale Jones began his second start 0-5 passing but ended the game 18-35 for 243 yards.

More notes from Ohio State's win and other bowl results:
  • The Big Ten went 3-1 in bowl games on Thursday, beating 3 teams in the top 20. Big Ten teams won 3 bowl games on the same day for the 1st time since New Year's Day 2000.
  • Alabama: 31-3 vs non-SEC opponents since 2008 (all 3 losses came in Sugar Bowl)
  • 28.2 million viewers tuned in for the Sugar Bowl, the most every for a cable network show.  This is more than any Super Bowl or American Idol episode.  It was more than the Sienfeld series finale.
  • Ohio State trailed by 15 points. The win over Alabama is the largest comeback victory for the Buckeyes since October 28, 1989 (came back from 31-0 down to beat Minnesota 41-37).
  • The SEC West was 28-0 against non-conference opponents in the regular season. However, the division finished 2-5 in bowl games, including losing all 4 matchups against ranked opponents.   

Happy New Year
January 1, 2015

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